Franz Kattesch, born in 1967, grew up in Cisnădioara, studied acting at the West University of Timișoara and worked first as an actor at the German section of the ”Radu Stanca” National Theatre in Sibiu, then at the German State Theatre in Timisoara.
In addition to his work as an actor in Sibiu, he also took over as head of the German Department and taught theatre at the Samuel von Brukenthal High School for more than a decade and a half. He is also involved in the German-language amateur theatre movement in the school and youth sector, leads workshops and directs plays that have been presented at home and abroad. He occasionally writes humorous plays in the Transylvanian Saxon dialect.
From the current repertoire, he appears in the following performances: The Jungle Book after Rudyard Kipling as Colonel Hathi; Lysistrata 3.0 after Aristophanes as Strategos; Nadirs after Herta Müller as The Grandfather; The Theatre by Pascal Rambert as Otto; The Cherry Orchard by A. P. Chekhov as Gaev Leonid Andreevigi; Leonce and Lena by Georg Büchner as the President of the State Council; A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare as Aegeus; Kurt the God by Alberto Moravia in the title role; Europa by David Greig as Fret.
He has worked under the direction of Niky Wolcz, Yuri Kordonsky, Gábor Tompa, Alexandru Dabija, Kristóf Szabó, Alexander Hausvater, Volker Schimdt, Pascal Rambert, Răzvan Mazilu.